Doane Academy seeks an energetic, enthusiastic, collegial, data-driven admissions professional to lead its enrollment management efforts. The Director of Admission is a full-time, 12 month position that reports to the Headmaster. The Director of Admission serves on the administrative team that encompasses both academics and operations. The responsibilities of the Director of Admission include the following:
Managing the Primary-grade 12 admission process and in doing so, devising and implementing a communications strategy with prospective families to move them from inquiry to application to enrollment.
Devising and implementing mission-consistent strategies to meet our annual enrollment targets.
In conjunction with the above, overseeing the communications team that produces advertising and marketing strategies to support our enrollment goals and mission.
Meeting with visiting families and, in doing so, engaging and informing them of the benefits of a Doane education.
Interviewing (when appropriate in the process) domestic applicants for admission.
Producing weekly reports on enrollment, applications, and inquiries.
Organizing and leading Open Houses and other admission events.
Recruiting and training student ambassadors.
Arranging campus visits: tours, shadow days, accepted students days.
Representing Doane at admission outreach programs at area feeder schools;
Organizing testing for lower school applicants.
Dividing responsibilities for testing and interviewing among available admission officers and teachers.
Managing parent and student expectations and delivering admissions and financial aid decisions in a manner that is honest, caring, and diplomatic.
Working with the Registrar on communicating with families.
Coordinating, with the division heads, course placement for new students.
Organizing, with the division heads, orientation for new students.
Chairing Admission Committees.
Serving on the Financial Aid Committee and making financial aid grant decisions with the Chief Financial Officer.
Overseeing the work of the international program coordinator, who is responsible for international student application processing, in a manner that is consistent with our admission procedures.
Oversight and implementation of the Headmaster Merit Scholarship program.
Demonstrating expertise in any and all admission and financial aid data management tools used by Doane to track enrollment and financial aid.
Providing recommendations to the Headmaster and CFO on future enrollment, for budgeting purposes, during tuition setting process.
Producing accurate and comprehensive annual reports on admission results, attrition, and student demographics.
Applicants should be efficient and effective communicators who are results-oriented and who have a deep understanding of best practices and current trends in the enrollment field.
Bachelor’s Degree required.
A minimum of three to five years experience in enrollment management; independent school experience strongly preferred.
Demonstrated leadership in education strategic enrollment management, including developing and implementing data-driven programs and enrollment management planning.
Leadership experience with current best practices in enrollment management, admissions, financial aid and enrollment.
Experience with current and emerging technology (hardware and software solutions) related to recruitment, admissions and financial aid, including expertise with enrollment management systems and financial aid.
Leadership experience in supporting a culture of inclusion and diversity.
Experience with student information systems, budget oversight and financial aid.
Knowledge of national and state issues related to independent school education policies and practices that influence enrollment management.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, integrity, a sense of humor, and the ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external constituents.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to George Sanderson, Headmaster, Doane Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Doane Academy
Since its founding in 1837, Doane Academy has helped students to realize their interests, develop their talents, and have a significant impact on the world around them.
For children ages 3 through twelfth grade, Doane Academy is committed to developing intelligent, capable young people within a school culture where students are known, loved, and strongly encouraged to realize their full potential.
The students, faculty and staff at Doane Academy are all part of a supportive and encouraging school family. Our teachers are attentive to the needs of each student as an individual, and work closely with both students and parents to insure success in academics and extracurricular activities. The school's rigorous college preparatory curriculum, strong athletic program, and numerous opportunities in extracurricular activities cultivate the development of character, leadership, emotional maturity, and standards of ethical conduct that are essential in preparation for college and education for life.